The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial awards twice yearly to full-time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. UROP affords undergraduates a unique educational experience of collaborating with a faculty mentor on the design and implementation of a project. At the same time, faculty have the opportunity to work closely with students and receive valuable assistance with their own research or professional activity. UROP adds a new dimension to the undergraduate experience. It also encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special projects. Projects are expected to contribute to the student's academic development.
UROP applications are judged on the quality of the proposed project, the strength of the collaboration with the faculty sponsor, and the educational benefit to the student. Since funding is limited, awards are granted to the strongest proposals.
A stipend (up to $1,400) is available as salary for actual time spent working on a project. This corresponds to approximately 120 total hours of work for the project.
An expense allowance (up to $300) is also available for supplies and expenses required by the project.
Students may receive both a stipend and an expense allowances for a single project making a maximum award of $1,700
For applications made in the spring, awards are for the approximate period of July 1st through the following June 30th. Awards made in the fall are for the approximate period of January 1st through the following June 30th.
To apply for a UROP you must be a full-time (see below) UMD undergraduate enrolled in a baccalaureate or pre-baccalaureate degree program. Additionally you must be in good academic standing as defined by your college. Individuals on academic probation are NOT eligible. Adult special students are NOT eligible.
Full-time student status: During the period of your award, you must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
Since UROP stipends are salary for actual time spent working on a project, students applying for a stipend must be eligible for student employment. Employment through UROP is available under regular University Employment and the College Work Study (CWS) program. Students who qualify for College Work Study are encouraged to apply CWS funds to their UROP stipends.
Under regular University employment, undergraduates working on summer projects must either register for a total of 6 credits during the summer, or carry a minimum of 6 credits in the preceding spring and subsequent fall semesters. Students working on Intersession projects cannot graduate prior to the end of the Intersession term.
Foreign students receiving a UROP award must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester for the period of the award.
Under College Work Study (CWS) Program Employment, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits per semester for Work Study (both Federal and State) during the academic year and/or a total of 6 credits during the summer.
Students may hold only one UROP award at a time. While past award recipients may reapply, priority will be given to first-time applicants. Past award recipients must have completed a final report and evaluation for all previous projects before they will be considered for another award. Students nearing graduation may apply only if they will complete their UROP projects, and submit a final report and evaluation of the program, before graduating from the University.
Academic credit: If you will be earning academic credit for your proposed project (e.g. for coursework, independent study, senior thesis), then you are NOT eligible for a UROP stipend. UROP is intended to supplement, not to duplicate, these credit-based educational opportunities. UROP projects, however, frequently grow out of work begun in a course, or explore in a preliminary way a topic that is later expanded into a senior thesis.
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